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We encourage you to start your college and career research on Family Connection. If you are looking for more resources, check out the sites below.

 ACT   We encourage all students to register online for the ACT. The ACT is a college entrance exam that is required for admission to most colleges and universities. It is the test of preference for schools in the Midwest. We encourage students to take this test in the spring of their junior year. In addition to registration information, the ACT website contains practice tests, information on colleges, and strategies and tips for taking the test.
 ISEEK   ISeek is a wonderful site for career exploration. It offers interest inventories, career searches, and career planning guides. In addition to career information, ISeek also has very thorough scholarship search engines. This is a key website for seniors to explore.
 The Occupational Handbook   The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source for career information. Revised every two years, the site provides job descriptions, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects. A wonderful tool to research opportunities in the work force.
 Military   This web site offers career information for those interested in the military. It provides details on enlisted and officer occupations as well as their civilian counterparts. Training, advancement and educational opportunities are also described.
 College Searches   Search for colleges using the following categories: Region, College Sports, Major, Tuition, GPA and more. You can also hotlink directly to college homepages, apply to colleges online, and perform virtual college tours. The site features MACH25 scholarship search.
 College Reviews   This site allows you to perform college searches, research college rankings, apply to colleges, and learn more about scholarships, the ACT, SAT and PSAT. This is a good overall tool to research colleges.
 US News and World Report   Find out the best of the best in this annual compilation.
 Financial Aid: Minnesota   The Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) is an association of professionals committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons. This website will give you up to date information regarding financial aid available to all qualifying MN residents.
 FAFSA: Federal Financial Aid   College bound students who are seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA form. This site allows you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it for processing on-line. This form is required in order for students to apply for federal financial aid for college.
 NCAA   If a student is considering playing collegiate athletics, he/she must go through the NCAA Clearinghouse. High school course selection is of paramount importance when a student plans on competing in Division I or II athletics. This is the official NCAA web site. This site outlines academic eligibility and initial clearinghouse procedures along with recruiting for Division I, II, and III. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she has met the necessary course requirements for eligibility. Courses that have been approved are available on the NCAA site as well as in the Hastings High School course guide.